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Jessi Gold, MD, MS | UW Psychiatry Grand Rounds

August 28, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 9:15 am

The Impact of the Pandemic on the Wellness of Healthcare Professionals – and

Covid-19 has had a tremendous impact on healthcare workers,  from the day-to-day work environment, to increased risk for infection, to their mental health. This grand rounds will focus on what we know so far about the mental health of frontline workers prior to and during COVID-19, and, how that, when put into context with what we know from past pandemics, can allow us to predict the possible  mental health aftermath and risk factors for worsening outcomes. We will talk about the role of the institution in helping prepare for these outcomes as the pandemic becomes a marathon and not a sprint. And, as Dr. Gold is a very avid twitter user, this grand rounds will have a specific focus on what individuals can do to advocate for themselves and their colleagues using social media.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe what we know so far about the mental health of frontline workers prior to and during COVID-19
  • Summarize the literature from past pandemics regarding the possible mental health aftermath and risk factors for worsening outcomes
  • Discuss specifically what individuals can do to advocate for mental health of healthcare workers, focusing on social media (twitter)
  • Examine the role of institutions in promoting long-term change

Jessica (“Jessi”) Gold, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine. She splits her clinical time between the Habif Health and Wellness Center and outpatient psychiatry at Barnes Jewish Hospital. She also teaches and mentors students and trainees, and is a regular writer for many media outlets.

Dr. Gold is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. and M.S in Anthropology and a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Stanford University where she served as chief resident from 2017-2018. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her many contributions in the areas of mental health and psychiatry. She is a nationally recognized expert and speaks at national conferences, is interviewed regularly for news outlets, and consults for publishing and media.

Dr. Gold’s areas of interest are in college mental health, women’s mental health and gender equity, physician wellness, medical education, and the between popular media, stigma, and psychiatry. While she has published frequently in the more “traditional” methods of research papers and academic publications, she has also enjoyed teaching about mental health topics and decreasing stigma through writing for popular press outlets. She has been featured in, among others, Self, InStyle, Glamour, and the HuffPost. Some of her favorite articles have included writing about Judge Aquilina’s handling of the Larry Nassar case and its importance for survivors, educating about how to prepare for psychotherapy, and writing first person accounts of sexual harassment in healthcare for the InStyle launch of TIME’S UP Healthcare. Through her advocacy, she has forged connections with other inspirational women in medicine that led to many collaborations on popular media, from interviews, to podcasts, to articles. Two such examples include her interview of New York Time’s Best Selling Author, Dr. Jen Gunter, about her book for InStyle, and writing a piece on the illusory truth effect in the false link between gun violence and mental illness for TIME with Dr. Megan Ranney. It also led to the formation of TIME’S UP Healthcare, for which she serves on the steering committee and is a founding member.

In addition to her writing, Dr. Gold has presented on media as a tool for advocacy, leadership, and a way to combat misinformation nationally. She is very active on social media, particularly twitter (@drjessigold), and was named one of Medscape’s top 20 physician influencers on social media in 2019. She believes in using this medium to connect with and educate her patients on issues surrounding psychiatry and other mental health topics and to put a face to psychiatry that can help destigmatize and humanize the field.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, the University of Wisconsin-Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 ANCC contact hours.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs.

Continuing Education Units
The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for 0.125 continuing education units (CEUs) or 1.25 hours.

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August 28, 2020
8:00 am - 9:15 am
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